The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham| Review

Bildergebnis für the simple soul of susanThe Simple soul of Susan is a book that is was a pleasant change for me since I recently only read fantasy books. Guys, I just couldn’t put down. The story is extremely sweet even though it deals with some deep issues at times. Susan lives in a small town in Texas and all she wants for her life is to settle down with the love of her life and stay in her home town. But.. her love interest is her best friend and as you might think, things start to get complicated pretty soon.

This book deals with so many issues probably most of us have experienced in some way or another: friends who have once been close drift apart, growing up, starting a career, mobbing and belonging of a community, poverty and inequality. All these themes are contained in this small book. Some of the issues are only scratched on, others are detailed and discussed in-depth.

I really loved Susan, even though I think she cries a lot, and I felt real empathy for her and her problems, as I have faced them at some point in my life. I have to admit that I did cry when I read some of the scenes. I liked some of the other charraters as well but the main focus is on her and her experiences.

And that actually gets me to my next point: you have to understand that this novel, at least in my eyes, is more of a story telling though episodes. You will find a gradually developing plot and characters, but do understand that a few weeks or even months lie between some of the events. AT the beginning, this really bugged me and it was hard to get into the book. When I got used to it though, I got fully absorbed in the story.

That being said, I still wish the book would have been longer and that we would have gotten to know the main character more. What does she do when she doesn’t interact with other characters? What were her first encounters with some of the characters ( the old ladies for example). I think there is a whole world still waiting to be explored here and I wish the book wasn’t over and I could read more about Susan and her adventures.

I am so torn when it comes to the rating of this book that I decided not to give a rating. Some stylistic and plot techniques were a bit too convenient for my taste and I didn’t like the ‘episode-like’ telling of the story, but I did enjoy the book, the characters and their development so much, I don’t want to not give 5 stars simply because the story is so emotional adn wonderful to read. The story frows extremely nicely and it’s extremely easy to read.

So go ahead and read this wonderful novel youself or if you have already, what was your imporessions? What did you rate The Simple Soul of Susan?

 

  • I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does in no way influence my opinion of their work.
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Jade City by Fonda Lee | Review

Bildergebnis für jady city fonda leeJade City is the beginning of an interesting and ambitious trilogy. The first book, Jade City, was released three days ago and I want to make sure all of you get your hands on this wonderfully inspiring, interesting and compelling first book.
I have to be honest with you guys, I have not been reading as much as I used to, and of the books I read I rarely felt this spark of excitement, empathy, and commitment towards the characters in the book as I did here. That’s why I took the time to actually sit down and write a review.

Jade City is the kind of book that presents you with charismatic characters you wish you could meet in real life, a wondrously magical setting that keeps you on your toes . The story keeps you interested in what happened before the actual story begins. It is a complex world in which the reader quickly notices that there is so much more you don’t know, yet not plot-wise, but when looking at the world this story takes place.
We only get a glimpse of what is happening and so, everything was a mystery ( in a positive way) and many things have been left unanswered after the first book, but I’m anxious and impatient for the next book to be released. But let’s hear a bit from Fonda Lee herself:

“I started envisioning a society where magical jade granted special abilities to warriors with the proper training and bloodline, and the idea merged with my longstanding enthusiasm for mafia stories to become this modern gangster family saga. It’s the most intense, ambitious thing I’ve ever written, and there’s more to come.”

This story is so rich on characters, their development, cultural information and world- building that I would recommend it to anyone who likes a complex world without having to read a thousand pages. Lee makes all this possible in her newest story and I can honestly say that even though I have already read Jade City, I will definitely buy the book. The only thing that I really didn’t like about the book is that it is not available as hardcover in Europe. I mean, it is but has to be shipped here and so it is extremely expensive and not good for our environment.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Review

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Daughter of the Pirate King is the debut novel of Tricia Levenseller. I can’t say that this story really sucked me into its world immediately because the start was a little bumpy but apart from that, the story really flowed well and the main character, the daughter of a fearless pirate king who rules most of the sea, really captured my heart. She is funny and witty and plays her part of a secret intelligence agent really well. She kind of reminded me a little of James Bond because she does get a lot of attention from the other sex and she know how to use that to her advantage.

I really liked that ‘feministic’side of her, too, though I do think she kind of lost her head a little when a hot and smart pirate comes her way. Either way, I was captured by the intriguing and ( at least for me ) unique way in which the story was told and I literally finished this one in one go! I just couldn’t put it down once I was part of the story and I had all the names down 😀

The only thing that bugged me a little was that for me personally, the romance part seemed a little forced and I could see why it was part of the storyline but I think it would have worked just fine with a little less romance.I also thought that even though the story was well written and the world that was described was described very well, I though that the characters did come a little short. They could have been a little more fleshed out. I don’t say I didn’t understand some of their actions or thoughts because they were plausible. I just tend to like characters more than the plot and so I can’t be really satisfied if the characters seem to flat for me.

There was an unexpected twist at the end that really turned the story around and I think that Daughter of the Pirate King is a well-written and fantastic debut novel. If you’re searching for a light read ( no gore 😉 ) that is easy-to-read and funny, with witty and smart characters that try to get the best of one another. Then follow them on a mission that will keep everyone on their toes and read this book 😀

What Are You Reading Wednesdays? WAYRW #19

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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner | Review

20170503_155135...-BowBowBowBowBow 5/5  Ribbons for this beautiful retelling of the special sort! I have already read A Tale as Old as Time, which was also a retelling from The Beauty of the Beast and I really loved that one and at first, I wasn’t really sure what to think of Hunted, because I didn’t know if it would be weird to read another retelling but as I started reading, the book really hooked me fast. The main character, Beauty, is a huntress through and through. She is forced to be part of the high society until her father loses his money on a failed drip to foreign lands. They lose everything but at least, they have the old hut in the woods her father and her used to sleep in when they went on hunting trips. Beauty has two other sisters, like in the original fairy tale.

This is actually why I liked the story so much! I really didn’t know that the original story was a little more gory that the Disney fairy tale so I was positively surprised, especially that Beauty had two sisters! I really loved their interactions and the strong family bond they had. SO as far as my knowledge goes, the plot was rather original for a retelling with some twists I definitely didn’t see coming.

The characters were deep and intriguing, funny and strong and the world is lush and colorful and full of magical creatures and old spells. It is a world of wonder and I am so glad to be finally able to share the review of this awesome book with you.

 

 

 

 

Blackwing (Raven’s Mark #1) by Ed McDonald | Review

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Blackwing is a job not everybody is allowed to do- not everybody can manage. The Nameless choose them for different reasons. Why Crowfoot chose Galharrow, he doesn’t know himself. The Nameless have been fighting the Deep Kings for millenia and humans are just like bugs under their feet at worst, a means to fight each other at the best of times.

Once he had been something, someone else but now, he is Blackwing and when he is not, he rides through the war-born wasteland that is the Range. Magic seeps though its air and creeps into your skin, blinds you, deceives you, makes you sick. The creatures that live there are born of hate and the darkest magic imaginable. Galharrow is hunting in the Rage…

This book is gory, dark, critical and wonderful and it had me hooked from page one guys! In recent weeks, I haven’t had time to read a lot of books but this one was just so awesome, I just had to read it through within a week which is the equivalent of my usually 24 hours 😀

There is a major conspiracy in the book and I really don’t want to tell you more about the plot- which was awesome. it had the gore, it had the social criticism, it had the setting, the world and even some very fitting romance and self-reflection. What stood out for me above all was the amazing main character. That’s why i can really recommend this book to everybody who wants to try out something new.

I loved and hated Galharrow and it was amazing to unravel the mysteries that surround the biggest secret the Nameless have. I really urge you to all go and read this wonderful and gripping start of a new fantasy series that I’m sure will blow your mind! I am usually a little bit stingy,m but I WILL buy this one in August ❤

 

Klara, over and out 😉

 

I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner |Reviwes

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I really loved the Hush. The main character searches for his father, surviving only by playing the fiddle. In a small town, he is confronted with his own abilities. Unfortunately for him, his abilities are considered blasphemy and so he is arrested. Through a series of events, he finds himself in the middle of the Hush, a mysterious un-world in which dangers loom at every corner. The Nightfall Gang has dragged him there, though what for? Soon, he will have the opportunity to get everything he ever wanted, but will it really be what he wants?

Even though the Hush is considered a YA novel, I would highly recommend it to readers of any age. The book is about family and looks critically at the society it plays in. Even though I didn’t feel like I couldn’t put the book down, I felt a strong pull towards this musical world whenever I read more than one sentence of this wonderfully written book. The only thing I really thought came short was the character development.

There was a little romance sprinkled on top of some of the chapters which was fine by me, but I would have wished to get a little more insight into the characters. I loved all of them and how they worked and lived together. But it was a shame we couldn’t hear more about them or their thoughts.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an original book and wants to be sucked into a new world.